Monthly Archives: November 2011

Voodoo #3

“Into the Light”

Writer: Ron Marz
Pencils: Sami Basri
Colors: Jessica Kholinne
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Brian Cunningham & Rex Ogle
Cover: John Tyler Christopher

(No Spoilers)

Voodoo encounters her first major DCU character in this issue as Green Lantern Kyle Rayner comes into the mix. I was a little leery of Green Lantern showing up in this book but I like the explanation as to why he shows up.

I’m going to start this time by focusing on Sami Basri’s art. I’ve mentioned that I’ve really loved it so far but it was the little things in this issue that made me appreciate it more. I love Voodoo’s facial expressions here especially in the beginning of the book. Basri is really taking time to match the mood of what’s going on in the panel versus what we see in each of the characters and their expressions. This is especially evident at the end where Green Lantern and Voodoo share a look as he’s forced to make an interesting choice.

We get a little more insight into Voodoo’s role on Earth and even get an explanation for her new shape-shifting ability. Some of the other characters that show up also shed some light on how Voodoo, being an alien/human hybrid, differs from whoever her masters are. It’s interesting because the February solicits have already shown us that the Daemonites (currently featured in Grifter’s book) will be crossing over with Stormwatch and Voodoo. The seeds of this are planted at the end of this issue with a nice cliffhanger.

You can tell Marz had fun including Kyle Rayner in the story. We get a fun fight when he shows up and since this is Marz’s creation, this is the most pure incarnation of the character you’ll get. Ultimately, his appearance will probably boil down to a cameo when all is said and done but again, I did like the reason he showed up in the book.

Unfortunately as I write this review, the news has already broken that Marz will be off the title after next month’s issue 4. I’m sad to see him leave so soon as he really seemed eager to work on the project and has done some great work in these premiere issues. I look forward to his last issue next month and hope that his departure will not cause people to leave this book because I’m really enjoying it.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

 

Wizard World-Austin

I just got back from Wizard World-Austin this past weekend. This is the second year this con has come to the Texas capitol. Last year felt like more of a test run to see if the con would be successful. But this year you could tell they increased it substantially. It seemed like there were more guests and the crowds seemed to be bigger too.

I got to sit down and do a follow-up interview with Grifter writer Nathan Edmondson. The audio will be available as part of our next podcast but I figured I’d tease you with a couple of tidbits Nathan shared. (Note: Some of these things are confirmed by the DC solicits in February).

First off, the Daemonites will not only play a big role in Grifter’s title, but will begin to play a bigger role in the DCU as well. There will be more crossovers and this will include Voodoo and Stormwatch too. Grifter will be traveling across the globe in the next few issues. Edmondson had just finished issue #7 and when asked if we can expect at least a 12 issue run from him, he said he’s got the book plotted beyond that and as far as he knows, there are no plans to take him off the book any time soon.

Artist CAFU has left the book and veteran Wildstorm artist Scott Clark takes over with issue #4. Edmondson expressed his excitement about working with Clark not only because he’s a veteran of the industry, but he also knows these characters and looks forward to Clark’s interpretation of this new version of Grifter.

As a bit of side note, Edmondson had previously tweeted that if someone brought him a Grifter mask, he would gladly wear it. Well, I answered his call and had my brother make me a mask which I took to Nathan. He was very excited about the gift.

Our podcast also shared an artist table with local artist (and good friend) Roy Gonzales. We had a great poster designed by our very own Ben Murphy. We also had some updated business cards and some free comics to give away. There were a couple of people who came by and who still didn’t know that the Wildstorm characters had been folded into the DCU if you can believe it. It’s a good thing we were there to educate them! Overall, it was an awesome convention and we look forward to being back next year. Until then, enjoy some of the pictures we took.

          

             

Grifter #3

“On-Ramp”

Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Pencils: Cafu
Inks: Jason Gorder
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Wes Abbott
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Bobbie Chase
Cover: Cafu

(No Spoilers)

Nathan Edmondson and CAFU take us into the third month of the New DCU 52 with the DCU’s most wanted man, Grifter, still on the run. Although still a solid title, I was hoping for a little more revelation in this issue but the awesome fight at the end did make up for a little bit.

I have successfully thrown out all I know about the Wildstorm version of Grifter. I think for fans of the old Grifter, you have to do that to appreciate the fact that Edmondson is rebuilding this character from the ground up. There are familiar trademarks there: the mask, the guns, the Daemonites. But the set-up and the motivation for the character are all brand new. So what I’m finding with this title is I’m anxious to know more but so far we’re getting teases and set-up. Now, I’m not against any of that but I was hoping to know a little bit more by issue three than I do after reading it.

In a conversation with his brother, Grifter does drop some hints as to the truth behind some of what’s going on. But overall, the character is still a mystery. If Edmondson’s goal is to leave me wanting more, he is definitely achieving that each issue. Assuming this story arc will be 5-6 issues long, I hope we know a lot more about Grifter by issue six.

One thing that title is delivering on without fail is great art and awesome action. CAFU draws an incredible version of Grifter and he finally gets to draw the Daemonites in their entirety this issue as well. Grifter also utters a line towards the end of the battle that made me smile. I also am curious to know more about Grifter’s love interest, Gretchen. I’m not sure why, but she is very intriguing to me. Finally, there is something that happens to Grifter’s brother by issues end that I feel is a great set-up if I’m right as to what Edmondson appears to be doing with the character.

I am still enjoying the series, but I am hungry for more. I know Grifter can kick-ass and I hope we get plenty of that next issue. The solicit for #4 shows us that he’s going to face Green Arrow next. I understand crossovers are good because it allows readers to crossover but I want more time with Grifter too!

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

 

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast - Episode 27

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 27

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Our resident Wildstorm experts Joe David Soliz & Benjamin Murphy review the new DCU versions of Stormwatch #2, Voodoo #2 and Grifter #2. This is our first regular month episode with the inclusion of all of the titles we normally cover from the Wildstorm Universe in the new DCU. As well as any other appearances by other Wildstorm characters in the new DCU titles.

00:00:33  – Joe welcomes everyone to episode #27 and gives his spoiler alerts warning. Remember, all written reviews on the website are spoiler free and usually get posted within a day of print release.

00:01:14 – Joe kicks it off first with a review of Stormwatch #2. Released on 10/5, written by Paul Cornell with art and cover by Miguel Sepulveda and Al Barrionuevo. Joe informs us that this cover was not the original cover when first solicited. However this cover is an homage to the Brave and Bold #28 and The Authority Vol.1 #10.

DCU Stormwatch #2 (2011)Brave and the Bold #28 (1955)The Authority #10 (1999)

00:11:24 – Ben gives his opinion on the second issue for the smash hit DCU version of Stormwatch. He just can’t wait for this title each and every month!

00:12:13 – Joe wraps up the Stormwatch review by agreeing with Ben on how fun this book is to read.

00:13:56 – Ben reviews the second issue of the new incarnation of Voodoo in the DCU. Released on 10/26, written by Ron Marz with art by Sami Basri and cover by John Tyler Christopher… not Sami Basri (as the solicits indicate). Ben tries to put aside his disappointment in the first issue and finds that he didn’t want this issue to stop.

00:22:13 – Joe gives his assessment on the second issue of Ron Marz’s take on Voodoo. Joe seems impressed with what Ron Marz has been doing on this book and hopes that people give it a second chance after that first issue.

00:28:12 – Joe reviews his favorite character in Grifter #2, released on 10/12 and written by Nathan Edmondson, with art and cover by CAFU. Another issue that flew by and you wish just didn’t end. Joe gives Edmondson high praise for the realistic nature to which he is writing his favorite comicbook character.

00:36:55 – Ben gives his opinion of Grifter #2, same with Voodoo #2 he is glad with the turn around since issue #1. CAFU nails the action scenes in this issue, fan-freaking-tastic! He’s really looking forward to the pay-off that is being setup from these first two issues.

00:38:30 – Ben gives an update on other Wildstorm related sighting and tie-ins from the other DCU 52 issue #2’s that have released earlier this month.

  • 10/12 Demon Knights #2 –  (Still no sign of the Century Baby) Also, while listening to my pronunciation of this title, when said quickly it sounds like “Daemonites”. Coincidence? I think not!
  • 10/12 Superboy #2 –  Wildstorm’s Gen 13 Caitlin Fairchild continues to play a significant role in the story and even Joe thinks Scott Lobdell reveals that she already has her powers, she’s just keeping that fact hidden from everyone..
  • 10/26 Teen Titans #2 –  Wildstorm’s Gen 13 Caitlin Fairchild makes a brief cameo as they set up a future conflict between Superboy and the Teen Titans. Also on page 2 there are wanted posters for Grifter on the walls (thanks to ‘another_fan’ from Clark’s Bar message boards for the catch).

00:42:24 -Joe gives a run-down on the upcoming books and character appearances in the new DCU relaunch. Remember, all these books are available digitally the same day as the print release at the DC section of www.comixology.com

00:43:12 – Joe gives a shout out to Chris Striker, of the Higher Authority and Stormwatch.ws websites. Remember to visit The Higher Authority’s message boards Clark’s Bar to continue the Wildstorm integration discussions amongst long time Wildstorm fans at theauthority.ws. DC Wormhole podcast ep. 3 is out at culturalwormhole.com and they’re covering several of the new 52 books.

00:44:20 – And big news, Joe mentions that he will share a booth at Wizard World Austin on November 11-13. So if you live in Texas go see him, he’d love to hear from a listener in person!

00:45:34 – Ben gives the contact details as shown below.

The opening music is “Universal Domain” by Dreamline which can be found at http://www.musicalley.com.

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